Lifted: Florida Withlacoochee River Bacterial Advisory 2020-07-15
WCTV covered the
recent bad water quality results in the Withlacoochee River.
We have no new Withlacoochee River data from Georgia or Florida.
Update 2020-07-14 11:30 AM:
Valdosta has updated with Friday downstream results:
Knights Ferry, 270 cfu/100 mL E. coli; Nankin, 250; State Line, 280.
FDEP just updated at 10:57 AM with these much better Monday results:
GA 31, 10; CR 150, 20; FL 6, 60.
So maybe those WWALS Saturday bad results at Knights Ferry and Nankin already washed downstream.
we do have
a datapoint on the Alapaha River.
Photo: Tasha Ekman LaFace, of Naylor Beach, 2020:01:11 14:06:32, 30.9253083, -83.0384972
Amber Spradley, WCTV, 13 July 2020,
Withlacoochee River contaminated in parts of South Georgia and North Florida,
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV)—The Florida Health Department issued an
advisory last Friday for parts of North Florida near the
Withlacoochee River regarding alarming rates of E. coli.
“Right now, the results are not good,” Suwannee
[Riverkeeper] John [S.] Quarterman said.
For counts of E. coli, Quarterman says anything less than 410 is
okay, but zero is always ideal.
On Saturday, his team discovered numbers as high as 5,233 just west
of Clyattville at the Knights Ferry Boat Ramp in Lowndes County.
“Every time this happens, they immediately point and say it’s
Valdosta,” Quarterman said. “Well, this time it’s almost certainly
The high data was collected just below the city from Knights Ferry
Boat Ramp to Madison Blue Spring in Florida.
“You know it’s something that we’re continuing to keep an eye on,
but as far as the numbers around the city of Valdosta, those have
all stayed relatively low,” the City of Valdosta’s PIO Ashlyn
City crews test the river three times a week for 40 river miles down
to the Georgia-Florida line. Since Valdosta’s major sewage spill
last December, they’ve seen no alarming contamination rates in the
Well, they found nothing alarming Friday down to US 84,
but we haven’t yet seen Valdosta’s results for the lower three stations
on the Withlacoochee River, and they certainly have seen alarming contamination previously.
Dirty Knights Ferry, Nankin, FL 6
For the complete WWALS composite spreadsheet of Georgia and Florida results and other context, see
The rest of the article is about the 7.26 million gallon catch basin
at the entrance of Valdosta’s Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Continue reading